On Tuesday, November, 5, 2013, Monica Medeiros (R-Melrose) garnered the most votes in the, at-large, Melrose City Council election. She was sworn in as an at-large Councilor last week. On Saturday, Medeiros announced her candidacy, as a Republican, for the 5th Middlesex Senate District special election. The election is scheduled, along with four others, for April 1, 2014. Medeiros announced via Facebook.
The district is ranked as the 20th most Republican district in the state when you look at the 2010 Scott Brown Special Election and the 2010 Gubernatorial Election. Both Scott Brown and Charlie Baker won the district, and it has an R+2 rating. Scott Brown won by a vote of 53%-46% on January 19, 2010 and Charlie Baker won the district with a plurality of 47%-45%.
The district includes all of Melrose, Malden, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield and precincts 1,2,3 and 8 of Winchester. In the 2012 election 84,621 total votes were cast in the district. 25,669 of those votes were blanks and 696 were write-ins. In an uncontested race, blanks and write-ins were 31.2% of the total votes cast.
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Red Mass Group is preparing a full breakdown of the district and will publish it later this week.
Medeiros is a former GOP State Committeewoman and a strong conservative. She lost a primary for State Representative in 2010.